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Poster: billbarstad Date: Apr 14, 2011 7:02pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How to spot copyrighted films

I certainly believe that "lawyers in this area rarely give any definitive answers and few of the copyright issues ever seem as black and white as some people here like to paint them." I've heard that elsewhere, and I believe it. IP law may be as confused and nebulous as tax law, but we have to have something to go by.

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Poster: HektorT Date: Apr 15, 2011 4:12am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How to spot copyrighted films

@Bilbarstad: Yes I agree with you 100%. I just wrote the above post because when I first came to this forum about 2 years ago, the copyright discussions were like: registered, renewed or no notice. Now in a few cases they've gone off the deep end, trying to give scholarly-like explanations that can't hold water.

What would be extremely useful in this forum is a sticky post saying something like: Archive.org accepts posting of works in the Public Domain or that have a Creative Commons license. For the purposes of this site that is defined as : { list of requirements, like not renewed, no notice etc }
That would make matters really simple and not confuse people who just want to post and don't want to spend a couple of weeks studying in order to do it.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Apr 15, 2011 5:34am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How to spot copyrighted films

They do have this here. It gives you simple guidelines and the suggestion to ask a question in the forums if you are still not sure. The archive's official position on films where "the copyright notice is 1964 or later" appears to be that "the copyright is probably still valid and the film should not be uploaded unless you are the copyright holder."

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Poster: HektorT Date: Apr 15, 2011 11:36am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How to spot copyrighted films

That looks like exactly what's needed, although it should say the notice needs a valid date.

If they put a link next to the upload button like:

"what can I upload" that would be very helpful I think.

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Poster: garthus Date: Apr 15, 2011 10:25am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How to spot copyrighted films

With some exceptions generally before 1963, the work had to be registered and renewed. I do not see a problem with this. Actually many pre-1964 works are in the public domain. Where are all the scholarly arguments for that. While their may be issues with foreign producers,in general the rules are pretty simple.

Gerry

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Poster: HektorT Date: Apr 15, 2011 11:37am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: How to spot copyrighted films

I don't think people are discussing those films much. There is general agreement in that area for US films.

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